Medtronic’s Sprint Fidelis Leads Causing Problems for Doctors and Patients

Since 2007, at least five people have died as a result of defective Sprint Fidelis defibrillator leads implanted in order to correct irregular heart rhythms. Since that time, thousands of patients and doctors have agonized over how to correct the problem. With certain medical devices, the simple solution of removing the offending device is the best option. However, with the Sprint Fidelis defibrillator leads, it’s not that simple, according to cardiology experts. The removal of such leads can cause death if not done properly and some health experts are complaining that the procedures are being performed by those who are not qualified to perform the extraction.
The anxiety for the patient who relies on the cardiac defibrillator is overwhelming. Imagine for a moment you or a loved one had one of these defibrillator leads implanted in order for your heart to function properly. Now you find out the leads are defective and may not work when your heart needs it most. This is a terrible situation for poor patients and a difficult dilemna for healthcare professionals.